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  FOX News    Americas Newsroom    News/Business. Bill Hemmer, Martha  
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    March 11, 2011
    9:00 - 11:00am EST  

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that's beginning to blanket the rest of the planet. we'll continue to track all those stories on the channel and especially look at the aftermath from the water that devastated sendai and other surrounding cities. >> steve: those images are epic. it looks like a movie, but it's real life. that's what they'll be talking about this morning on america's news room which we take you to now. bill: what a morning this is. same warning in effect. reports of waves already hitting the coast of hawaii after one of the biggest earthquakes the world has ever seen. 8.9 quake hting japan overnight. the waves now barreling towards the u.s. pictures we are seeing out of japan are unimaginable. it's wave after wave literally swallowing up cars, boats and
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homes. some terrifying moments in an airport outside of tokyo when the quake hit. watch this video. now there is one report. you find the capital city of tokyo. that report that confirmed. but an earthquake of horrific proportions causing buildings to shake and the tsunami that followed. seldom have we seen images like this. welcome to "america's newsroom." martha: this quake struck just after 3:00 p.m. local time in japan while most of us were sleeping. this was the scene. unbelievably powerful waves crashing ashore causing wired
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spread destruction. there are massive fires being dealt with and a nuclear emergency. we have more details on that. bill: there was so much to watch and do have, we'll do our best it, the 7th largest earthquake ever record. it's the largest to hit japan. evacuations underway in several coastal towns. trace gallagher joins us with more on that. in california, what have they said? >> reporter: we are an hour away from the first wave of the tsunami possibly hitting the west coast. we are under a tsunami advisory in southern california. northern california and oregon and the washington coast her in tsunami warnings. the beaches in orange county have been shut down. in los angeles county they have not shut the beaches down.
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they are watching and waiting. an hour from now we should see the effects. the island of kauai in hawaii has already seen a tsunami wave, it was 1-2 feet. this is from the island of oahu. this is waikiki beach. we have been watching this water recede. then it comes back in slowly again. then it recedes. we have seen that two or three times. what you cannot see in the frame is there are people walking up and down the beach in waikiki. remember they have done that vertical evacuation sending all the people in the hotels up to the higher floors. oahu is feeling the effects and it will go down the line, down to maui and the big island of hawaii should begin feeling
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those effects sometime in the next 15-20 minutes. then it smofs onward towards -- then it moves onward towards the west coast of california. we are catch upping closely to see the effects it has on southern and northern california. bill: let's show our sures. all times on this map are east coast time. so it it's four minutes past the hour of 9:00. knew for the beach, in california around 11:45 a.m. on the island of oahu in hawaii, this is a story that literally moves from west to east. the wave generates from the northwest from japan hitting the
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island in a west to each fashion. here is kauai. we showed you that water. this is the island of oahu. that's where you find honolulu. of the 1.4 million people who are residents of hawaii, 70% live in the city of honolulu. do we have any information about what's happening there at the moment? >> reporter: we have one view on waikiki beach. we covered the asian tsunami. you keep in mind when these waves come in, this is a swell, the swell could last anywhere from 5-15 minutes. the waves circle the island. so they will tell you the west-facing beaches are the ones facing the most danger. but these waves tend to wrap around the island so you can't just one from one side of the
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island the other because there is danger on all sides. that is a key thing to remember in a tsunami. it's not just the water. it's the debris the water picks up and can take along with it that can be ever bit as dangerous as the water itself. the drawdown and increase in waikiki beach seems to be still going on and you have four island left to go. we are on look at one picture. we have no idea what's happening in the rest of oahu near diamond head. bill: the pictures are so telling in all of this. we are getting reports out of japan that a petro-chemical explosion has occurred. martha: trace was talking about oahu. a spokeswoman saying they are
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preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. the president ordering fema to be ready to help the hawaiian people. on the phone from hawaii, malia zimmerman. this is a tense morning for all the folks where you are. tell us what's happening. >> we are getting reports from the pacific tsunami warning center that the waves have actually hit the island of maui and the big island as well. on maui they were 6-8 feet. they say it's good they evacuated the main town in maui and shut down the power plant. they are trying to shut down the sewage and water system and prepare to evacuate the entire area. martha: we have a map up. it shows -- you can watch his
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west to east progression. it was expected to take a half-hour to get from kauai. now it's moving forward. oahu in the trenches of this. even the big island feeling some of this, and maui as well. >> maui is getting its second wave. in past events like this it has actually lasted all day, every 15 minutes there being a swell that last for a period of time. we don't know what's going to happen. it's still dangerous. not to leave your home or shelter, wherever you are. my family had to evacuate from the coast and i'm near the coast, but on the border of that. i don't know if you have been watching waikiki.
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the boats have been all evacuated and the airports in some cases have been shut down. people are preparing for the worst. martha: we are look at diamond head on the left-hand side of the screen. that's the iconic image so many people associate with hawaii. it's 4:09 in the morning so the sun won't be up for an hour and a half in that area as we keep a close watch on this. talk to us about this vertical evacuation. we are hearing people are being told to move higher up into building that were deemed to be safe and built for earthquake pressure. >> we don't have the shelter space for the number of people that live on this island. they ask the tourist to move up to higher floors and accommodate them in the top of the hotel,
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the first threw fourth floors are not safe. waikiki which is a dense area with nowhere to go. they bring everyone up. they believe that' the safest way to handle it rather than a mad rush of traffic out of the city. martha: great insight from where you are. 15 minutes from diamond head in hawaii. bill: we have brand-new videotape of the chaos on the streets of tokyo. as the quake hit, watch this.
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bill: this will be the beginning of dozens if not hundreds of video clips we'll see through the country of japan. in sendai the waves were 30 feet high. it may have taken the direct impact of the tsunami wave. 200-300 bodies were fund there. we'll get more out of that as soon as we can get. tough to move around. roads are clogged. streets are jammed. airports are closed. you can imagine. martha: they don't know which way to run. is it a frightening situation. we have more incredible pictures keep coming into the newsroom. we don't know the exact location
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of his location. the 8.9 quake rocked japan. look at devastation in the streets of this town. it's unbelievable. entire buildings collapsed. the city block is literally wiped out. who knows how many people may be trapped. we are unfortunately just at the beginning of this story. bill: meanwhile in tokyo the hotels are reporting there is very little structural damage. that's excellent news for tokyo but not the same for areas outside the city. first tsunami waves hitting hawaii. california looking toward the west, bracing for the impact of waves after that 8.9 quake. in a moment we'll talk the numerous people including a seismologist about the dangers ahead. during the commercial break at foxnews.com for the latest on what's happening in japan,
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bill: welcome back. this is where we believe the impact took place. here is the island of honsh urgs. off the coast of sendai is where we believe the impact took place. in that town of sendai at the moment, japanese police are reporting up to 300 bodies were found on the coast after the tsunami in sendai. also in tokyo. we mentioned this before the break it appears tokyo may have gotten a bit of a break, they get ready for earthquakes of this size. the large hotels are reporting little or no construction damage
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it's a much different story in sendai. a lot of the videotape we have been rolling throughout the morning. when you see the water rolling through the farmland, that's we believe sendai where you see homes and debris wash together side. now we await the word on what happens in the u.s. bill, good morning to you. we are watching hawaii, watching the west coast, your reaction to what has been a horrific scene so far. >> horrific and no doubt this will be historic. this is as you reported the largest earthquake in modern history in japan. it's one of the five largest earthquakes to have occurred in modern history. and it's obviously produced a large tsunami on the coast of japan.
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we are finding out the impacts across the pacific now. bill: bill, you do this for a living. have you ever seen images like these? >> in 2004, the great earthquake in sumatra and indonesia that killed so many hundreds of thousands of people, that was an earthquake even larger than this one produced the tsunami that propagated across the indian ocean. there were similar scenes in thailand and sumatra to the ones we are seeing this morning in japan. bill: to see it captured on tape is something the world is introduced to. the fewerrive mother nature and the power of mother nature. >> it's quite remarkable. bill: we are awaiting word on what happens in hawaii, the u.s. and canada. what is your expectation? >> it's difficult to predict.
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and the reason is that the local effect of a tsunami all the way across the ocean is dependent on the configuration of the land underground. above ground we have rivers and mountains, and the same situation is present undergrou underground. we call that a symmetry. the symmetry causes a focusing or defocusing of the waves. so waves locally can have a large amplitude because of a focusing effect on the coastline or it cannot amount to much. it can amount to being a strong tide. i want to mention the strong tides can have significant effects. we have seen in crescent city, california, it has been evacuated. bill: thank you, you are a terrific guest. the computer is about to cut is off. we'll be back in touch with you. your last point is well taken.
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in february of last year when the earthquake hit chile we waited for hours for the wave and it never came. martha: there is a nuclear emergency unfolding in japan. authorities are warning thousands of people near a nuclear power plant to get out now. how serious is this condition when we come back.
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martha: back to the situation involving japan's nuclear power plants. there are 11 nuclear power plants in japan. 7 of them have been shut down. there are no reports at this point of any leaks. but the government ordering thousands of people to leave the area near one plant that is 170
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miles northeast of tokyo. this is looking like ground zero for where this hit in japan. the reason they want people to get away from this area is the plant's coolant system for the reactor is apparently not functioning the way it should be. how serious is this is the question there. joining me on the phone is a senior associate for the nuclear power endowment. good to have you here this morning. what does any of that tell you about how much danger there is around this plant? >> the situation as i understand it is that the reactors are not being cooled as they should be. the reactors are cold. there is no critical reaction in the core, but what we have is a situation where the fuel in the core, the fuel rods are hot.
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you have got to cool those fuel rods for a certain period of time several days at the least to prevent the closed circulation system in the core from heating up and damaging and destroying that fuel. so what we understand to be the case is that they have two problems on the site. one problem appears to be they don't have enough electric power on the site to operate the pumps and the equipment to cool the core down. the other problem is they have diesel generators which likewise are failing and that may be as a result of the impact of the quake. so right now as a precautionary measure, the japanese authorities have evacuated the entire area within a perimeter of 3 kilometers away from the reactors. they are doing that, people are leaving, and at the same time the government is trying to get
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additional sources of power to power that equipment and get that core cooled down. so they are looking for additional equipment. the company, tokyo electric power which is the utility that owns that company is arranging to send 8 additional power generator aggregates to the site some connect up and get cold water into that reacto reactor . martha: what happens if they can't accomplish that? >> if they don't succeed what's going to happen is you will have water that will heat up in there. the water will get to the point where it begins boiling out of the core. you are going to have the water levels in the reactor core falling, and eventually exposing
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the fuel rods in the core to the atmosphere. that means that that heat will not be taken away. there will be no core cooling there, and the fuel will be damaged because the metal around the fuel rods will be damaged. they can bubble, they can balloon, they can burst. then you will get fuel directly exposed to the atmosphere. the fuel will fall down into the core and you have got an onsets of a core meltdown. martha: thank you very much. we'll be following this throughout the morning. appreciate it. bill: a lot of scientists in california at caltech saying the wave that hit hawaii could have been smaller than expected. let's hope that's the case. meanwhile in japan reports of hundreds dead. we'll get back to japan in a
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moment. we'll show you the dangers these waves to pose as they hit the u.s. also the latest on the quake as we go to commercial break. we are back in 3 minutes. while we are on break, watch this online. foxnews.com. e jaguar xj. automobile magazine's 2011 design of the year.
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martha: we are getting updates on the biggest earthquake to hit japan in modern times. powerful waves. 33 feet high crashed ashore in japan in some places take out everything in their path. these pictures speak louder than any words i can say about what's going on on the ground in japan. reports are coming in that the japanese police found hundreds of bodies along the shore. this north eastern area 70 miles northeast of tokyo. seems to be where we are finding the worst of this. the japan coast guard is searching for a boat that they believe has 80 people on it and is missing. so that is where we stand right now. the 7th largest earthquake ever reported in the history of
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look at these things. gregg jarrett joins us live from new york city. >> even for a country accustomed to earthquakes, this is horrifying. the 8.9 quake caused significant structural damage by itself. other buildings burst into flames or collapsed outright. burying people in the rubble. but the quake also unleashed a wall of water that swept tons of debris miles inland. it suddenly reversed course and carried people out to sea. an entire town destroyed. flames shot from homes as gas lines burst. it looks like parts of the coastline are still ablaze. an oil refinery east of tokyo is
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burning. bullet trains to the north of the country stopped. underground and suburban trains stopped. one passenger train is unaccounted for. japanese ports closed down. sendai airport closed. toyota shuttered a part plants. sony closed 6 factories. the bank of gentleman fan vowing to do its utmost to insure market stability but the economic ripple effect of the quake and tsunami is incalculable. martha: that is sendai airport. that's the runway you are looking as the pictures there. the firey situation you saw moments ago is an oil refinery. we talked about the nuclear he actor a while ago. i want to make sure people
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separate those images. there is no fire at the nuclear reactor. that's an oil refinery engulfed in flames. bill: the heat gets trapped inside and you have to teach it cool. so farther doing okay with that. at home now, a california spokesperson warning northern california specifically, the area near crescent city likely to see 6-7 foot waves. it's possible. the only tsunami to take lives in the continental u.s. occurred in crescent city 46 years ago. 1964. trace gallagher is with us. >> reporter: crescent city. 25 minutes away experts saying the first effects of the tsunami could begin hug the west coast. southern california is under a tsunami advisory. north of santa barbara there is
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a tsunami warning. this is crescent city, 20 miles south of the oregon border. 360 miles north of san francisco. because of the way crescent city's coastline is shaped and the location of their harbor, experts believe they are more susceptible. the only fatalities from a tsunami in the lower 48 states was in crescent city in 1964. it was an quake in valdez, alaska. it killed 11 people and wiped out 29 city blocks. these are east coast times. we mention the warnings here. california under tsunami warning. washington state tsunami watch. oregon under a warning. alaska under a tsunami warning. 8:16 is when they expect the waves to start affecting san francisco.
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11:39 in santa monica. 11:44 in seattle, washington. they are calling us again, it's not just first wave we are looking for. the first wave oftentimes is not the biggest wave. they are saying this could go on for two or three hours and the second, third and fourth waves could prove to be the biggest crescent city could be looking at upwards of 6-foot waves. bill: there are times in the past where we waited for waves and knob nothing came. that's a possibility, too. when you think about a year ago. but until we find out, about 11:30 local time east coast time, we'll not know. martha: back to japan for the moment. the prime minister who is a man with a lot on his plate this morning. he says the disaster caused major damage which is evident across wide areas in japan.
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here are more of the images as people started to look up into the sky and wondering what was rumbling beneath them. the buildings in tokyo apparently seem to be surviving this in fairly good shape. they were built to withstand major earthquake. we have video of the building rocking which is evidence of that. the rescue efforts are underway to the extent of the devastation at this point it's not known. these smaller towns northeast of tokyo were hard hit. global radio news reporter joins us now. trenton, what can you report to us. what's the latest? >> i think thing in tokyo pretty much have been getting back to normal now apart from some services like transport and cell phones. there is not a lot of panic or anything like that going on at the moment. martha: as it all starts to sink in, we are looking at video of
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people in the newsroom as this started to happen. what did it feel like during the worst of it? >> it was shocking. i never experienced anything like this before. it was -- it didn't even hit tokyo. but in tokyo we felt it like a big shock. everything fell off the walls. thing fell over. my tv nearly fell over. it was really bad. it was unlike anything i have experienced, definitely. martha: communicationwise. what did you learn about what was happening or where you should go. what was that like? >> the japanese are good about that. there is a lot of earthquake prevention stuff around. we are well informed about stuff like that here. martha: these images are unbelievable. northeast of tokyo looks to be the hardest hit area.
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we are hearing of hundreds of bodies being found. tell me what you are hear being those areas. >> people are still trying to figure out what's going on. people are still trying to assess the situation. i haven't heard anything particularly about that area until you mentioned it. that's near enough to me to be a concern obviously. martha: thank you very much. we are glad to hear from you and we'll check back in with you and let us know if you hear anything. bill: this is how we believe what took place. an anatomy of a tsunami. here is the sea floor. when an earthquake happens, these plates start to rub together. when they rub together, they cause an enormous force to push upward on the sea floor causing the water and the ocean. to cause this effect of the
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wave. the wave interpreted largely as a tsunami. once that effect happens the plates move together. you see the wave forming and that's the initial tsunami now. that the water that rise and lift off the top of the ocean floor. it is said in sendai this water went 33 feet high before it slammed into that coastal town. here is your shoreline as that wave ripples on toward the stand in this -- towards the sand in this case. people, homes and building. there were dock workers said to be on a boat, 80 of them. they are looking for them. there is one report from japanese police that say 200-300 people, their bodies have been found near the shoreline. rick reichmuth is with us. you have been watching the
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butties, the sensors -- the bouys in the ocean. the sensors in the ocean. >> in crescent city as high as an 8-foot wave will be headed into that area since 1900, this is the strongest earthquake we have seen. we have seen the waves go out there. let's take a look at the video. we have been seeing reports of an initial tsunami. but there will temperature subsequent tsunamis coming in. diamond head reef which had been initially exposed and the wave came in, that reef is he can posed. the next wave is moving on in and it's no guarantee that the next wave will be lessor weaker or -- will be less or weaker. >> any time you see one of these
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waves the water is first pulled out. kind of like a regular wave. that's the same thing. except a much larger magnitude. this isn't just a quick wave. this is a 5-15 behind it push of water temperature it recedes, then all of it comes forward. if you see this dramatic drop in that water level immediately where the reefs are exposed, there is a major movement of water that is about to move onshore. we are seeing another one. one thing -- just to say something about thattere quake from chile. we did see a tsunami wave in hawaii from that. as high as feet in maui. on the big island five feet. however, there was no major damage. we had a lot of warning with that. and there weren't significant
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effects. bill: thank you very much. martha with more. martha: we have pictures and video of the devastation in japan. all of that coming up on america's newsroom. we rejoin you in a moment. a company-wide memo about the meeting? uh-huh. this is the meeting. we are the company. don't sweat it. i just switched us to sprint, so e-mail, web...on 4g... it's all unlimited. [ cellphone zzes ] you just texted me to read the memo? unlimited text too. we really need you on this conference cal rick, it's lyle. rickster? i'm here. there he is! [ male announcer ] switch to sprint and get unlimited 4g data on a wide range of devices. sprint 4g, it's business without limits. trouble hearing on the phone? only on the now network. visit sprintrelay.com.
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[speaking japanese] bill: that is a frightening scene. oak voice such a modern city in
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japan. such a modern country. you will see clips and images and reaction like that throughout the day. that will be endless in a country like japan. evacuations in portland, oregon. after we watched a scene off the coast of oregon a short time ago. in japan the tsunami came onshore. the west coast bracing. waves expected to hit san francisco 11:15 eastern time. a quarter after 11:00 in washington state. kelly is with the emergency management agency. >> i'm actually in sacramento in the northern part of the state. we are still sort of waiting and watching. we have a lot of notice because california is so far away from the epicenter.
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but we'll see significant impact along california's coast. the north part of the coast is crescent city where it seems to get the biggest front of any sort of tsunami. like you said earlier, in some cases we get advisories and noticed, then we don't see anything other than a small surge. this one a little different because hawaii has experienced some waves over there. so we anticipate what we'll see in california is rises up to 3-6 feet in some areas. that could cause substantial damage in some of our coastal areas. bill:ies crescent city so vulnerable. >> it's because it's like a cup. the topography. the main downtown area is in the cove. they have a lot of boats and marina area. the water in the inundays area when there is a surge goes into their downtown area so they seem
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to suffer the most amount of damage when we do have a tsunami. bill: the wave that hit hawaii was small are than expected. >> that's correct. that tells us we are hoping that wave continues to be smaller than we are expecting in california and the surges of up to 6 feet in amplitude of waves of water are not going to be that big of an impact. but even just a couple feet of water in some of our coastal areas will cause damage and get into neighborhoods and cause people's homes to flood. bill: thank you very much. kelly houston, in sacramento, california. martha: the united states military has a large presence in japan with troops and airplane stationed in that country. we'll tell you how the earthquake is affecting them and what they are doing to help with the disaster. watch all of these events playing out live during the
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bill: new videotape into america's newsroom. reporters trying to cover the earthquake while trying to stay safe at the same time. jean left is japan's national public broadcasting organization. watch the phase on the people as they continue to stair across the room and work holding onto their desk sometimes. holding onto their computers. 19 aftershocks rippled across the country after a 9 magnitude
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quake struck japan at 3:00 in the afternoon, right in the middle of the day. martha: back near the united states, cities and towns up and count west coast are on alert. a will the of the coastal communities have been under an alert. tsunami watches. we are waiting to see if these powerful waves hit over the course of the next hour. we'll get a good sense of this. folks near the beach in the low-lying areas are being told to move inland immediately. a look at the estimated time of arrival of these waves in several cities. you can see the waves could start hit being an hour, hour and a half from now. breaking news this morning out of alaska where they are already reporting waves in the aleutian
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islands. dan springer is there. >> reporter: you can see how far west the aleutian islands go. that was the first u.s. soil to be impacted by the tsunami. it was six hours ago they experienced a wave of 5.1 feet. that was midnight local time. fortunately this is a lightly populated island. it only has 27 people on it. it used to be home to a u.s. air force base during the cold war. it also has topography with rocky beaches and high elevations. so they were not affected the there with a lot of damage. but that tsunami has continued to go eastward from the aleutian islands. it will be another couple hours before they have the last impact in the state of alaska. we'll have impacts starting in 20 minutes along the oregon,
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washington coast. they have schools closed down as a precaution. martha: thank you, dan. bill: awaiting word about the devastation in sendai and throughout that country as roads were ripped up. raised at least 3 feet in parts of japan'
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martha: breaking news this morning, right now, the u.s. west coast is bracing for a possible tsunami. after a massive earthquake, the biggest ever, to rock japan. and now you are looking at the sites it may hit, in parts of california. oregon, and washington. a little bit more than an hour from now, is the best estimate we have right now on when those waves will start to hit. they have been going through hawaii and the pacific ocean on their way towards the west coast. listen to this:
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martha: frightening for those people on the streets in tokyo as it started to happen, 8.9 quake, and it could be days before we know the extent of the death toll in the situation, it is the country's most powerful earthquake on record, as we said, already, we are seeing the terrifying images. this is just at the beginning of it, when people started to wonder who was -- look at this: watch this ship. tossed around like a toy. in the ocean. there are reports, also there are people, 100 people on a boat out there somewhere, the japanese coast guard is looking for them, the boat has been swept away and many more images, coming in, moment by moment here, good morning on this very
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busy, tragic morning for japan, i'm martha maccallum. good have you with us. bill: i'm bill hemmer, almost two disasters, the earthquake first and the ground moves and then the water that follows. sheer chaos from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake, a raging fire erupting at an oil refinery and we don't know whether or not the fire has been put out and that was the quake and then the water came, tsunami waves, rushing inland and the wall of water, spared nothing in its path. martha: now, we brace here at home for the potential of the impact here, trace gallagher is watching it as it comes closer and closer to the west coast from los angeles. >> reporter: good morning, martha. we are getting word now the waves in hawaii were bigger than we thought, in kauai the water level rose three feet and reseeded and came -- receded and came back, and, owahu, a three
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foot surge, and no water going into the hotel areas, waikiki and diamond head, and maui, the water was actually 6 feet high. now, as you go on down and you think, that increases the threat for the west coast, it truly does, the numbers we're expecting, by the way, upwards of 6 to 8 feet, increase scent city, in northern california, just south of the oregon border. crescent city is a harbor, the town built and the harbor and expect waves 6 to 8 feet and now evacuated thousands of people from crescent city, california especially the low-lying areas and we're getting word of evacuations now along the oregon coast, and we just called up there, and found out there is a line of traffic now, along the coastal roads in oregon, people wanting to get out. the times you see there on the screen, by the way, are east coast. so west coast times, the first
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waves of tsunami could begin hitting san francisco sometime in the next hour and 13 minutes. 8:15 local time, 8:39 insanity monica and seattle, washington, under a tsunami watch. not a warning. but you see there, the time the waves could hit and because the waves were bigger in hawaii than thought, the threat on the east coast is now increased a little bit, martha. under a tsunami advisory here in southern california. martha: the sun now up on the left-hand side of our screen we are looking at con nanon beach, oregon and the washes aves are thrashing against the shoreline and, on the west coast, they were sleeping through so much of it. >> they were sleeping but in oregon they set off a tsunami warning system early this morning which is why now you have a steady stream of traffic, people trying to get away from those low-lying areas and we talked about crescent city and people may not know this, back
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in 1964, crescent city had 11 people killed in a tsunami, the wave was 21 feet, caused by the valdez quake, 9.2. so, crescent city is susceptible, the oregon coast, which is just up from crescent city, also, susceptible, which is why they are now evacuated the low-lying areas, as you look live in oregon you cannot see the roads which we are told have a lot of people trying to get away at least at the time being. martha: those evacuation underway, we wait for about an hour from now to find out where indeed these tsunami waves will hit. trace, thank you very much. we'll check back with you in a while. bill: so much devastation, if you are joining us, you are about to see pictures we have seldom, if ever seen before. it is not clear how many people have lost their lives. there are reports of at least a couple hundred dead, in one area of japan but all of that unconfirmed and it could be less or worse than that. the images you are watching,
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right now, into "america's newsroo newsroom", during a session of parliament the walls are shaking, desks are shaking, sprinklers going off. water sweeping down the hallways, at the local highway we showed you, 10 minutes ago, literally had been raised up at least three feet, giant strips of pavement, lifted up as the ground moved. david piper is watching the story out of bangkok, thailand and streams live from there now. what are you hearing about indonesia, the philippines and the pacific, david? >> well, the warnings were issued about the tsunami, bill, but, no large waves actually hit southeast asia. but the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami, which hit japan continues to rise. the state broadcaster nhk now confirmed 90 dead, but, police in the city of sendei in northern japan say 2-300 bodies have been found on the coast, the area where the tsunami
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struck is the shore, was captured on video by helicopter crews above and a passenger train with an unknown number of people on board is unaccounted for along the part of the cost is the tsunami hit. a ship carrying 100 people is also missing after it was swept away. the massive earthquake struck the northeast coast of japan's main island, about 250 miles northeast of the capital tokyo. and u.s. and japanese seismologists say it was the 5th strongest tremor worldwide since 1900 and the 7th strongest in history. and the quake was followed by a series of strong aftershocks, which are still continuing now. the tsunami waves it triggered swept into the coast a few hours later and many people were able to escape because of warnings given, but tides of blackwater tossed ships, cars and even buildings, aside, and destroyed everything in its path. back to you, bill.
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bill: remarkable reporting, david piper from bangkok. david, thank you, southeast asia. martha: this disaster ranks among the most powerful earthquake on record, the highest magnitude quake ever struck chile with a magnitude of 9.5 and there are pictures from that event and 9.2 magnitude quake rocked alaska in 1964. that is the one that sent those waves into crescent city, california trace talked about moments ago and the third worst came most recently, we all remember this horrific event, 9.1 magnitude quick, epicenter, southeast asia, 2004, set off the worst humanitarian crisis in history. the numbers more than 250,000 people lost in that event. the fourth on this list is a 9.0 magnitude quake that hit in far east russia, and as we now know, with the magnitude 8.9 this quake in japan, is the 7th worst, highest magnitude quake
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we've ever witnessed since 1900. and, some facts from our fox brain room on this, tsunamis usually caused by under water earthquakes, they are not tidal waves, the word tsunami comes from the japanese words for harbor, and wave. tsu-nami and they occur once in a decade and we're inside of the benchmark with the second very large events in japan. bill: listening to david piper report about the depth of 20 miles, makes you wonder about the devastation we watched in haiti and port-au-prince and that was an earthquake that did not have a depth that was -- that was nearly as deep as some of these other earthquakes and that was one of the primary reasons why there was so much damage throughout port-au-prince and also had a lot to do with construction, too. japan, much better fortified as a nation but here on the map, the goi figure shows us the magnitude of the earthquake and where it hit and where it was the strongest. with red being the most intense and if you look close here, you
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see a red dot in the center of the area, and in all likelihood that was the epicenter of the quake as it occurred, beneath the ocean. and created the swell of waves which turned into a number of waves that came on shore, northeastern island of hanshu and with me, a representative of the usgs, civil engineer, and good morning to you. >> good morning. bill: when you hear of a depth of 20 miles, when you hear about a magnitude 8.9, this is one for the record books, emily. >> it is dmaefefinitely one for record books and it is the 5th largest events of the 1900s and this depth of 25, which is shallow, it affects our... [inaudible]. bill: when you get the readings, from the u.s. geological survey, how do they stand out for you as
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an expert and scientist in this field? when you look at the recordings, do you think, wow, i have never seen something like this before? >> yes, just looking at the reportings we have seen from the japanese agency, we see that the huge spike and a very long duration motion, so we knew that there may be a big event. we have station around the world and were able to pinpoint and assign a magnitude to the event according to the tectonic regime and where it is, so the 8.9 was showing, 8 hours ago. bill: and that can change as you get more information. >> yes. bill: sometimes they do and sometimes they go higher and sometimes they go lower, but now it is 8.9, emily, thank you. with the usgs, here, based state side here in the u.s. martha: look at this video. these they're most unbelievable pictures, and we are watching and waiting now, that is the
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coast of oregon. where the waves are starting to thrash the shoreline at 7:11, the sun up over an hour or so ago in canon beach, oregon. people are moving to get to higher ground, check out our web site, foxnews.com, you can look during the break here, at the interactive map, it is fascinating to look at, where the massive earthquake hit, the hardest-hit areas in the history of these types of disasters as the tragedy in japan, unfolds this morning. right back here, in americas newsroom, in a moment. what can you do with plain white rice? when you pour chunky sirloin burger soup over it, you can do dinner. 4 minutes, around 4 bucks. campbell's chunky. it's amazing what soup can do.™ all your important legal matters in just minutes. now it's quicker and easier for you to start your business...
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[ male announcer ] so don't blame it on aging. talk to your doctor and go to isitlowt.com to find out more. bill: this is what will be the beginning of a very long process for engineers in japan, to start to assess the structural damage there. and there is a massive amount of it, too. look at this. this is a road literally split in half by the earthquake, 8.9 as you can match, travel in the area, where the earthquake hit, the enemy rolled in, an absolute
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nightmare, highways in the worst-hit areas, severely damaged. train service in japan, in around tokyo, suspended. those lines, the train lines, normally serve 10 million people on any given weekday and today, they are at a stand still. martha: checking in now on the american service members in harm's way in japan, we have -- understand that there is nobody hurt, thankfully in that regard. but we do have a significant presence there and one of the largest u.s. bases outside of the country is in southwest japan, the home of the navy's 7th threat fleet and a japanese foreign minister, the headlines crossing moments ago, asking for help from the u.s. military and that is coming from the japanese news services, joining us now from san diego, is k. t. mcfarland, a fox news national security analyst. good morning, good to speak with you. >> good morning, martha. martha: tell us what your take is on this, in terms of our naval position in japan and what we are in position to do to
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help. >> the navy, especially in the last decade has really taken on the new mission which is a global force for good, to provide humanitarian and disaster relief and we are well positioned to do so in japan because as you said we have a major naval presence there but because the u.s. navy can sail the 7 seas, it is within hours of most countries to be able to provide this. we are the first responders in most crises and for example, there is a ship input region, near malaysia, the uss essex, which is an amphibious ship and, they would treat injured marines on board, and they have hundreds of hospital beds and doctors and medics and they have heavy-lift helicopters that can fly into that region, deliver supplies and deliver medical equipment, and deliver food. and they have landing craft which can do the same thing and can evacuate people and bring them on the ship and they have
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intensive care units and operating rooms on the ship and in a situation like this, like we have seen in southeast asia as you talked about with the tsunami there or whether in haiti or now japan, if the government asks us, the government of japan asks us the united states navy is ready to help. martha: and is indicated on japanese news services at least the prime minister, and president obama, have been communicating and obviously you can't be prepared for something like this, so, what is -- what happens in terms of the navy being supplied for what might be needed in japan, and how does that get into gear? >> okay. well, i have been talking to naval officials in hawaii and in the united states, in the last couple of hours, and they were already starting to make preparations, so if they were asked they could immediately go into action. what they'll do in the situation like this, is a couple of things, they'll provide humanitarian disaster relief, where indicated and where asked and we have, for example, we have helicopters that can reach into areas where the roads might
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no longer be there and the only way to access would be by helicopters and we have equipment to rebuild roads in areas where the roads have been destroyed and most important, every naval ship in the -- the navy has has the ability to make fresh water and that will be critical as a lot the infrastructure -- that will be huge as the infrastructure has probably been destroyed and the u.s. navy itself, what about or ships as you pointed out, there will be a tsunami that will hit the west coast of the united states and the best place for our ships in a situation like that is at sea and they may take ships out of port and putting them into sea. martha: it is quite a story and this u.s. navy is an incredible organization we know will be there to help. thanks for outlining how that will work. good to speak with you this morning. bill: a big part of our story, too, and what will happen on the west coast, maybe nothing but we wait and see. hawaii, the island of kauai, reports waves were a couple feet
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high and so far no word of extensive damage, good news. parts of japan, however, threatened by their own power source. word that thousands of residents living near a nuclear power plant have been told to get out, evacuate now. we'll get back to the importance of that, in a moment, and this, too. martha: new video of the quake coming into our news room constantly, giving us a better understanding and these pictures are extraordinary. right back.
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martha: we want to update you on what looks to be the best estimate on when these tsunami waves will hit the west coast. for our good friends in the -- on the west coast, subtract three hours there, 8:44 a.m. in seattle, and, about 8:16? in sa
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francisco, and 8:20 santa monica, california, this morning and those folks watching, we know oregon evacuated several areas, lots of areas along the west coast, being evacuated, and we don't know whether it will pick up any strength as it heads towards those areas. bill: getting tweets from folks increase sent city, the alarms and sirens went up and down the beach today, which is common and saw in hawaii as well and what we call vertical evacuation, encouraging people to get higher in the buildings, if you are in a building and hopefully it will not be necessary but we will wait to find out. now, reports in japan, at least four nuclear power plants have been shut down there. thousands living near one being told to leave now. this is the government -- as the government issues a state of emergency, another facility, after a fire broke out causing major mechanical failures there. laura ingle is state side, here in new york, laura, good morning to you, you have been covering this and what have you found. >> reporter: the japanese government reports no radiation is leaking from any nuclear
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power plants, affected by today's earthquake. there is the good news, the nuclear plants automatically shut down when there is a major earthquake for safety reece, of course and a fire as you said broke out at a turbine building at the plant add has since been put out but the most serious situation we continue to monitor is the plant where a state of emergency has been declared after the cooling system for one of the reactors failed through to a power outage and this is the first time, japan has ever declared a state of emergency at a nuclear power plant and the government has ordered the evacuation of more than 2800 residents, within a few kilometers of the plant, as a precaution. and asking them to stay at least 2 miles away from the plant and stay indoors. >> the heat has to be conducted away from the reactor with cooling water and that takes a number of days before we reach a state where the water is no longer hot enough to threaten the reactor and that is where we are right now.
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>> reporter: this into the newsroom, reports are coming in, the cooling systems are expected to be restored by early saturday and if they can't get the generators to pump the amount of water needed to cool down the reactor, you are talking about a melt down and that is the worst-case scenario and fuel rod casings can burst and exposing the radioactive core which could release intensive radioactive material, japan currently has 54 operating nuclear reactors, providing 30% of the country's electricity and we'll continue to closely monitor that. bill: 2800 evacuated there and likely more to come, thank you, laura ingle in our newsroom in new york. martha: giving us the latest on that. what could the shut down of power plants mean for japan, jill walsh with the mit security studies program. your thoughts on really all of what is happening here now. you watch the whole area very closely. >> well, it is a complete disaster, a disaster for the nuclear power industry in the
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short-term, for japan in particular because now japan has to go and look at every one of those plants. check and recheck all the plants, not just the plants, martha, nuclear energy requires the production of fuel to feed into those plants, and, then, waste deposit sites, so after the fuel is burned up, it stores it until it is safe and all eyes, obviously are on the plant, because the concern is, if they lose cooling, the plant will overheat and the fuel will melt. now, i'm sure that that plant has a container -- containment vessel which is supposed to keep the fuel inside and prevent a melt down but that is why they are moving people, if you move people in the middle of a tsunami it means you are concerned about it. martha: i want to point out the pictures you are seeing here are the nuclear site, we understand, that is being discussed, previous pictures of the fire are an oil refinery, totally separate issue, from what we are discussing here in terms of the nuclear plant, there are 11
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nuclear plants as i understand it in japan and, they shut down several of them and the function that would shut them down during an earthquake apepears to have worked well. >> sensors anticipate the quake is coming and they go into automatic shut down and that seems to have worked well. the problem, martha is because you turn the plant off it doesn't become cool automatically. martha: right. >> it takes quite a while to cool as laura reported and probably not until saturday, and, the problem is, while waiting for it to cool down on its own, do you have cold water circulating and trying to cool down the plant so it doesn't overheat and when the cooling system fails, that is when there is concern. so, yes, it is shut down but the danger continues until such time as those -- the cooling apparatus can be fix and they can ease their way down over the next several days. martha: good information as always, jim walsh, thanks for weighing in.
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bill: k. t. mcfarland, a terrific guest, on everything, military and america stands ready to help, certainly and more on the u.s. response, of japan's earthquake and tsunami and also what is the real threat to our u.s. west coast? we'll check back on that. martha: and look at this. an airport turned into an island. as the tsunami rushes inland, one of the messes merrizing pictures we have seen, that is the airport, folks, 1100 people were stranded there this morning. when it happened, at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and it was a busy middle of the day and they've evacuated people out of that area, upon valleys, more to come on "america's newsroom." refined and aerodynamic design destined to shape our future. the jaguar xj. automobile magazine's 2011 design of the year.
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making the decision to own a jaguar just arational as it is emotional. bill: okay. now, more on this tsunami warning on the west coast of the u.s. reports that waves are expected to be hitting crescent city, california, and the coast of oregon very soon, how large these waves will be, we simply do not know. these are east coast times now. on our map, san francisco, 11:16 a.m., 8:16 local time. likewise for santa monica, 11:39, 8:39 local time, seattle, 8:44, local time and southern california, newport beach, 11:45, trace gallagher is in los angeles watching this, with us now. any indication, yet, trace, based on what happened in hawaii with the buoys they are
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reporting. >> reporter: we have been trying to call the public information officer increa crescent city, a no answer there, as you imagine, they are busy there, and, seattle in an hour and 15 minutes and keep in mind, oregon and northern california juts out into the pacific ocean a little bit further and so they are experiencing, we're told, the waves, tsunami waves, right at this point in time and we do not know how big those waves are. increase sce crescent city, the downtown is built along the harbor and they expect 6-8 food waves and that could cause major flooding in that area and they've evacuated the low-lying areas in crescent city. i want to show you a live picture in oregon, not a great representation because this is a beach in northern oregon, near the washington border. and, the big danger is further
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south near the northern california-oregon border and you can see the waves and we have seen people walking around but in lower oregon, those waves also are said to be hitting about now and will continue for 2-3 hours. again, they are talking about six, maybe eight feet. the warning system in oregon went off very early this morning. and last check, there was a pretty good stream of evacuees leaving the coastal areas of oregon and moving to some higher ground. you see, right there, the tsunami monitoring system, how the buoys work and they go up when the water swells up and contact the signal below and that goes to the pacific semi warning center and they issue the warnings and that came very, very early this morning and crescent city, we are watching closely, bill, because it is susceptible to tsunamis, back in 1964, after the 9.2 magnitude earthquake in valdez, alaska,
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they had a 21-foot wave in crescent city that killed 11 people and wiped out 29 blocks and we are closely watching the northern part of california as well as oregon and should note, that in orange county, here in southern california, authorities have told us they have now shut down an elementary school that was right near the ocean and they are not taking any chances, because orange county did get some surge from that chilean earthquake in february of last year. some of the surge spilled into the rivers and spill ways there, not taking any chances at all in orange county. bill: from oregon now, state emergency management saying the waves could be three-and-a-half feet to 7-and-a-half feet high. a beautiful scene in canon beach, right now, isn't it martha? but these things can change, and change quickly and three-and-a-half high you can handle with relative ease, 7.5 feet high, a different story. martha: we are getting reports
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now that hundreds of passengers are stranded at the japanese airports. most of them shutting down after the earthquake. this is the scene at the airport in sendai, one of the hardest hit areas, the pictures we have seen at the airport are unbelievable. the runway, literally swept under water, narita airport having serious problems this morning, there is the runway. in the middle of the shot. incredible. and, let's come back here to the united states, now, and to the white house. where the president is saying the u.s. stands ready to help our ally in japan, molly henneberg is live on the north lawn with more on that. molly, we are seeing some reports that the president has spoken with the prime minister. >> reporter: that is coming out of the white house now, he called the prime minister of japan, at 10:00 -- 10:15 eastern time, to discuss the earthquake and the enemy, and we expect to hear more about that from the president, in a couple of hours, when he holds a press conference here, previously scheduled, and
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the white house says they expect that the president will talk off the top, make opening remarks about the devastation in japan. and, then move on to other topics. the white house did put out a statement this morning, saying the president and first lady offer their, quote, deepest condolences to families of those who died in japan and the statement goes on to say, quote, the united states stands ready to help the japanese people in that time of great trial. the friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable. and, only strengthens or resolve to stand with the people of japan, as they overcome this tragedy. the president has also told fema, the federal emergency management agency to be ready to help hawaii and other u.s. states and territories that could be affected by the waves and he has asked people in the path of the tsunami to listen to their stated and local officials. the president was awakened at 4:00 this morning, by his chief of staff, and that is when he first got word about the earthquake and the tsunami in japan. again, martha, we expect to hear more in the press conference in a couple of hours. martha: we'll stay tuned for
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that, molly, thank you so much. molly henneberg at the white house. bill: the sea was rising in japan, rippling and rising in the wake of japan's giant earthquake and now, we await along our own west coast. hawaii was the first to feel the impact of a tsunami, racing across the ocean. a ripple that can travel up to 500 miles an hour. we will go there, live for the latest, not just in hawaii but also up and down the u.s. west coast, martha. martha: and thousands of miles further west in japan, the damage is done and underway but we are far from knowing the full impact of what has happened there. we're just getting a report coming through, floodwaters have broke in a dam in northeastern japan, washing away homes and that coming through from the kyoto news agency, this is a real tragedy. that we are watching unfold in japan. and we watch the situation in california as we wait and see what happens there. when the waves reach our own coast.
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martha: we're constantly getting new information coming in on what happened in japan here and the latest is that the floodwaters have broke in a dam in northeastern japan and that has started to wash away homes in that area. the worst of this may not be over for the people of japan and you look at how far away is sendai is from tokyo and we showed you the pictures, what it looked like in office buildings in tokyo, see how far away that is? can you imagine what it felt like in sendai, and this is a quebec moving situation and also, the u.s. state department is saying that they have accounted for, quote, most all americans in japan after the earthquake as we try and get a handle on our own citizens and what the impact may have been for them in japan and looks like they've accounted for, quote, most all americans in japan. bill: look at these pictures and they are mesmerizing, difficult to take your eyes away from the screen when you see something
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like this. what is that, the airport? is that what that is? the hangar that has been swallowed by water? that airport as you see the aerial picture, is -- can't be but a quarter mile off the shore of the ocean. maybe even less than that. and now, the after-effect comes in here. we here in the u.s. are getting ready for what could be a wave that slams the u.s. west coast, it will hit, but the question is, how big will it be? anita vogel is alive in marina del ray en californin californi you, anita and how are things with the sun up now? >> reporter: we are here, bill and things are calm now but we are expecting waves here, to hit the coast probably sometime over the next hour, maybe waves of 2-3 feet high, but i have been talking with fishermen here this morning, and you can see it looks calm out here and the fishermen went out, they said, you know, they've had these tsunami warnings before and
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weren't concerned about it and felt it was safer to be on the open water and believe there could be a high tide in the marina but nothing more than that but is a different story in crescent city, california where the fishing community there is bracing for 6 to 7 foot waves. and nearby orange county, officials have closed down the beaches there, and are warning people to stay away, they are concerned about a repeat of what happened last year, when a major quake in chile produced 3-foot waves in southern california which generated small rapids. now, back here in marina del ray, you can tell things look very calm now. but we're trod see if, over the next hour, these... [audio problems]. bill: was the signal lost? martha: lost the audio. bill: apologies for that, we'll get back to california, i want to reiterate one point out of japan, this is critical, laura ingle reported moments ago, the
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world nuclear association that operates out of london, is saying, again the cooling situation at the nuclear power plant known as fukashima in northeastern japan is under control. and again we have mentioned earlier, it will take until saturday to get the cooling water in there, and they say it is under control, despite the news reported about a dam breaking and sending the waters across the countryside there. martha: you feel like there is so much more to come out of japan through the rest of the day, certainly and the days to come. and of course hawaii, on alert as well, the first tsunami waves crashed into the island a short time ago in hawaii. tourists were moved to the upper levels of the hotel and we talked of the vertical evacuation and warning sirens woke up a lot of people in the middle of the night. listen to what happened in hawaii: [sirens sounding].
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>> attention, attention... this is an emergency management message. a tsunami warning is in effect. extremely dangerous tsunami waves are expected at 3:00 a.m. everyone in the waikiki area, stay off beaches, streets and sidewalks. move to higher ground. martha: can you imagine hearing that in the middle of the night, the spokesperson for the honolulu department of emergency said they were prepared for the worst and hoping for the best and the president ordered fema to be ready to help the he wayne people and courtney freil has been on with us throughout the morning here and was vacationing there and has family living in the area and joins us now on the phone with an update. good morning, courtney. >> reporter: yeah, i heard the sirens all through the night and have been standing outside the pacific tsunami warning center and officials have been coming
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out with updates, here what is we know from gerard fryer, the geo physicist who came out and gave updates, the strongest wave reports on the hawaiian islands have been in maui, 5 and 7 foot waves were seen there and the big island, there was a 7 to 8 foot wave seen and estimates that possibly the water went several hundred feet inland, on the big island and there are reports of both bottoming out, structural -- boats bombing out and, reports of fish floating in parking lots and as of now, we are not in the clear and mr. fryer saying it is still dangerous and made a good decision to have people evacuation because there is odd ocean behavior for hours, but it is possible in some places, it is as bad as it will get now. and the waves, about 15 to 20 minutes, apart, and, again, i'm
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outside of the tsunami warning center and, the southwest part of owahu, has been a crazy night and we're at the 5:00 a.m. hour and it is very dark now and we're waiting for the lights to be coming up and we'll get more information. martha: we're about to see diamond head when the sun comes up in that shot, courtney friel, thank you very much for all of that, throughout the morning. bill: oregon now, this is southwestern oregon, the first waves now, said to be hitting the coast of that state, the town near the coast of california, just near where the two states split. looks like a peaceful day and pretty good sunrise there on the oregon coast. but, some of the waves from the tsunami now, starting to ripple on shore, how big will they get? moments ago we were told by emergency management agency out of oregon they expect three-and-a-half food waves at a minimum and 7.5 feet at a maximum and we mentioned you can withstand 3.5 foot waves, not a big deal, depends how many you
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martha: there is a ton to have breaking news -- ton of breaking news, back to wisconsin one moment before getting back to the latest pictures we're getting from japan, this is is a historic moment, governor walker signed into law the bill that takes away the public worker collective bargaining rights in wisconsin and this has been an emotional debate of the highest order. you have seen people dragged out of the state building. holed up there three weeks as lawmakers left and went over the border to illinois. he has said this morning he will
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not have to lay people off now as a result of reaching this agreement. so, this is just the beginning, folks, going on in idaho, going on in illinois, going on in ohio, and a very big victory, really for those who wanted to see the end of those collective bargaining rights and the power of the public unions, huge, huge story, you will hear about it throughout the day here on the fox news channel. bill: back to japan, now, as we are getting word out of tokyo, one news agency reporting 117 official deaths as a result of the earthquake, and following tsunami, and we have also gotten reports unconfirmed, 2 to 300 bodies found in northeastern japan. reports of 80 dock workers who are missing at sea, all of this again unconfirmed and, you can expect the 117 number to change, throughout the day. that is what is happening in japan. meanwhile, back here at home, we're awaiting the first wave we reported off the coast of oregon and this will trickle and move its way down the west coast,
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through california, and into mexico as well, as we await how big they will be here at home, the reporter is trying to cover the earthquake and trying stay safe at the same time and the videotape you were just watching is from nhk television, japan's public broadcasting organization annual see the tape throughout the day and when you watch it, observe the concern and the worry on the faces of the japanese people, as they try and figure out when will the earth stop moving. there were 19 aftershocks hitting that country. that followed an 8.9 magnitude earthquake. and the after shocks, well over 6.0, happening in the middle of the day around 3:00, afternoon time in japan. martha: and in fact the kyoto news service out of japan reported moments ago that they are warning people in japan, to be prepared for aftershocks that are as strong as the initial earthquake, which was 8.9. they are really trying to make
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sure people are not getting a sense that this is over, in japan, they need to be on safe ground and moving away from the areas that could be hit by flying debris and away from the water lines. look at that. this is an incredible story and it's not over, folks. bill: and we've followed a lot of news stories in our team here and for us, this is a day that is stunning to watch. on camera. and on tape. back in a moment. ing ] [ woman announcing ] every subaru is responsibly built in a zero landfill plant. so it's no wonder they fit so naturally with spring. come to the subaru love spring event. get a subaru, and go love spring. [ man ] spring is finally here. lease a 2011 legacy 2.5i for $199 a month, now through march 31. that's really good! it tastes good, so there can't be fiber in it! it's actually got about half a day's worth of fiber.
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